LibriVox recording of Emma, by Jane Austen. Read by Moria Fogarty.
A cautionary tale about the evils of interference, matchmaking and good intentions turned awry, Emma is the study of a young woman raised without sufficient discipline or occupation. Handsome, clever and rich, Emma is the epitome of what a young woman should be in Regency England, except for the fact that her indulgent father and lack of a mother have left her spoiled and used to getting her own way. Emma's only true critic and voice of reason is Mr. Knightley, a gentleman whose opinion she values greatly. She delights in meddling in the romantic affairs of everyone around her, thinking celibacy is a privilege she alone can enjoy by virtue of her social standing. In the end, Emma is forced to acknowledge both her own lack of insight into the motives of others, and admit her need for a companion who can challenge her to become a better woman.
(Summary by Moira Fogarty)
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I usually only listen to English voices reading the English classics, so I nearly missed a treat here. Moira Fogarty's reading is absolutely splendid: clear, well-paced throughout and free from errors. She brings the various characters to life. I noticed that she brings out so many of the nuances in Austen's writing - including several that I had missed when reading and re-reading the book.
My rating is for Moira's reading. It goes without saying that the book itself merits five stars.
February 28, 2017 Subject:
I am almost at the end of Emma, and I simply cannot imagine a better reading than Moira Fogarty gives us here. The pitch, the timing, the intonations, the attention to detail, to ever word, all are marvelous. Yet all seems perfectly natural (she also makes me, with my own readings for LV, turn green with jealousy).
I wish I could share my admiration for Ms. Fogarty’s splendid work with a similar admiration for Ms. Emma W. Yes, I know that by the end of the book, Austen would like us to believe that Emma has learned her lesson. I don’t believe it for an instant. Wait until the little Knightleys start populating the nursery. EWK, as a mother, will revert to her meddling managerial style, and -- unless their sensible ather intervenes -- she might become the worst sort of (to use a phrase that only came two centuries later) helicopter parent.
January 11, 2011 Subject:
very clear and very charming voice in your emma!
my friend and i we have listened your emma every night for two weeks and do injoy it when we turn out the lamp just in dark.
Ms Fogarty ,sorry i couldn't find other place to leave my message to you,so may i ask a question here?
i saw your book list of your future plans,
The Secret Garden and others.....
so exciting to hear them.
seems you really like children literature.
but did you read any book of djuna barnes
we couldn't find any audiobook of her in any web.maybe i am not good at search ,but we have learnt her nightwood in our american literature of 20s by this term,we do hope to find a audiobook of her.to understand this difficult work more if we could.
thank you again for all of your work.
hope our question didn't disturb you
happy new year
December 7, 2010 Subject:
Moira Fogarty reads Emma
I have listened to many of the classic books on this site and I must say that this one was my favorite.
Moira Fogarty has a wonderful voice for this book. She does Emma's voice flawlessly but also pulls off all the different voices, from Mrs.Bates to Mr.Woodhouse. She is clear and precise.
In short, she makes the listening very enjoyable and entertaining.
May 22, 2010 Subject:
I have really enjoyed this rendition of Emma. Ms. Fogarty has a pleasant voice, not too high pitched and she reads at an excellent pace. Her interpretations of the characters voices is charming and adds much to book. I really like her version of Miss Bates of the endless pointless conversation. I will be sorry when I reach then end of the book.
Thank you, Ms. Fogarty for an excellent recording.